The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is
stepping up efforts to prevent gambling-related crime with a new set of
requirements for operators set to be introduced later this year.
The new rules are
being introduced following a consultation by the Commission at the end of 2015,
aimed at providing the regulator with greater insight into potential
criminal practices involving bookmakers.
As part of the changes
UKGC licensees must conduct a money laundering risk assessment across their
business to ensure they have effective policies, procedures and measures in
place to mitigate these risks.
They must also report
any criminal investigations involving them or their premises where it appears
measures to keep crime out of gambling have failed.
also be introduced to prevent employees from taking advantage of suspicious or
irregular betting patterns.
These conditions will
be set out in full in an updated version of the UKGC’s Licensing Conditions and
Codes of Practice (LCCP), which is to be published this summer. Last year’s
review, taken to improve the crime-related provisions in the current LCCP, has
been used to formulate the new controls.
industry needs to focus on keeping crime out of gambling and these new
requirements will help them do just that,” UKGC director of regulation Nick
“We are urging all
operators who supply products to consumers in Britain to read our document on
the changes thoroughly and ensure their businesses are ready for when they come
into force in the autumn.
“Along with ensuring
their products are fair and open and children and vulnerable people are
protected, preventing crime associated with gambling should be extremely high
on every operator’s agenda,” he said.
requirements encourage licensees to take a proactive and tailored approach to
meeting their obligations to achieve meaningful results rather than focusing on
The Commission is now
exploring additional controls, with a condition to require licensees to provide
information about crimes not covered by the latest changes, such as police call-outs
to premises, to be debated later this year. The regulator notes that such
information may be useful for social responsibility assessments.